Smarty Pants Podcast

Sounds Like a Revolution

An interview with Madeleine Thien, plus: catching up with Jessica Love on language

By Stephanie Bastek | December 16, 2016
Courtesy Granta Books/Humanita
Courtesy Granta Books/Humanita


Madeleine Thien talks about art and music under totalitarianism, along with her novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Scholar managing editor Sudip Bose explains how Neville Marriner, conductor of the now-ubiquitous Academy-of-St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, used to be a rebel; and beloved former Scholar blogger Jessica Love catches us up on the radical changes she’s made to her book on psycholinguistics.

This is our last episode of 2016, so we’ll see you next year!

Mentioned in this episode:

• Listen to the Spotify playlist we curated to accompany Do Not Say We Have Nothing, featuring every recording mentioned in the novel (that’s 23 hours and 40 minutes of music!)
• Read Sudip Bose’s ode to the great Neville Marriner in our Winter 2017 issue
• Check out the archives of Psycho Babble, Jessica Love’s long-running blog about language and the brain.

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